Each day, you should plan on being online from 10 am to 5 pm EDT. All times are listed in EDT.
We will be meeting on Zoom, but for security, the Zoom link for each session will be emailed to you directly.

Pre-Session 1: June 2, 7-8:30 pm

Before we meet on June 3, please download and install OpenRefine and Sublime Text. If you have any issues downloading these, we are holding Zoom office hours on June 2nd from 7 to 8:30 pm. Please see your email for the Institute zoom link, which we’ll use for sessions and office hours.

Session 1: June 3-4


June 3

10:00 am: Introduction and Logistics
10:30 am: Lightning Talk Introductions
11:30 am: What is digital history? What is digital military history?
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2:00 pm: Project Management with Christopher Hamner
3:00pm: Websites and Interactivity

June 4

10:00 am: Morning Check-In
10:15 am: Principles of Data Preparation with Jean Bauer
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2:00 pm: Practicum in Data Preparation with Jean Bauer

Schedule your one-on-one data consultation with Jean.

Pre-Session 2: June 11, 3-5 pm

Prior to the second session June 14-18, please download and install Tableau and QGIS. If you have any issues, we’ll be holding office hours on June 11 from 3 to 5 pm.

Between sessions, you are also asked to:
Clean your data
Identify questions you want to know based on your newly cleaned data/decision tree
Revisit your goals and revise based on new info
Find/identify secondary data sets such as maps, census data, etc.
Schedule one-on-one with Jean

Session 2: June 14-18

Readings (see the #general Slack channel)

June 14

10 am: Principles of Visualization with Ben and Jason
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2 pm: Practicum in Visualization with Ben and Jason

HTML Tutorial: https://programminghistorian.org/en/lessons/viewing-html-files
FTP Tutorial: https://support.reclaimhosting.com/hc/en-us/articles/1500007802262-Uploading-Folders-Files
Evening Assignment: Create an account for Observable HQ session, tinker in HTML (W3 Schools), make a project page with a picture (abstract) for private publication

June 15

10 am: Interactivity and Animation
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2 pm: Maps as Visualization

June 16

10 am: Principles of Web Mapping
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2 pm: Practicum in Mapping
3:30 pm: QGIS Introduction and Data Preparation with Brandan Buck
4:30 pm: QGIS Installation Tech Support
Evening Assignment: Walk through Rebuilding a War Part 1 and 2

June 17

10 am: Reconciling Map Data Like A Boss
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2 pm: Geocomputation and Data mapping in QGIS with Brandan

June 18

10 am: THATCamp Proposals
10:30 am: One-on-ones with the expert of your choice
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2 pm: THATCamps

Session 3: July 15-16


  • Browse Papers of the War Department (https://wardepartmentpapers.org/s/home/page/home)
  • AHA Guidelines for Evaluation of Digital Scholarship (https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/digital-history-resources/evaluation-of-digital-scholarship-in-history)
  • Cairo, Alberto. The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization. Berkeley, CA: New Riders, 2013.
  • Evergreen, Stephanie D. H. Effective Data Visualization: The Right Chart for the Right Data. SAGE Publications, 2016.
  • Healy, Kieran. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton University Press, 2018.
  • Monmonier, Mark S. How to Lie with Maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
  • Schulten, Susan. Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
  • Wong, Dona M. The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics: The Dos and Don’ts of Presenting Data, Facts, and Figures. W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.

July 15

10 am: Progress Reports
12 pm: Lunch Break (Please note: lunch is earlier than normal and only an hour due to a visit from our NEH speaker)
1 pm: Visit from NEH Program Officer
2 pm: Discussion: Challenges, Strategies, and Advocation

July 16

10 am: Data Publishing with Jean
12:30 pm: Lunch Break
2 pm: AHA Guidelines with Jeff
3 pm: CRDH
4 pm: Wrapping Up and Goodbyes